Linda Bamber teaches in the English Department at Tufts University. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in the Harvard Review, Ploughshares, Raritan, New York Times Book Review, and elsewhere. Her book on Shakespeare, Comic Women, Tragic Men, was published by Stanford University Press.
André Bernard is vice president and secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The author of four books, he also compiles “Commonplace Book” for the American Scholar.
Averill Curdy’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Slate, and Paris Review, among others. In 2005 she received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. She lives in Chicago and teaches at Northwestern University.
Matt Donovan received his M.F.A. from New York University. He has been the recipient of a literature fellowship from the NEA, and his poems have appeared in Poetry, Threepenny Review, and others. He is an assistant professor at the College of Santa Fe.
Sarah Gorham is the author of three books of poetry: The Cure, The Tension Zone, and Don’t Go Back to Sleep. New work has been published in the Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, and American Poetry Review. Gorham is president and editor in chief of Sarabande Books, Louisville, Kentucky.
Jerry Harp’s books of poems include Urban Flowers, Concrete Plains (Salt, 2006), Gatherings (Ashland Poetry Press, 2004), and Creature (Salt, 2003). He is coeditor of A Poetry Criticism Reader (University of Iowa Press, 2006), and is at work on a book about the poetry of Donald Justice. He teaches at Lewis and Clark College.
Ian Harris is an M.F.A. candidate at Columbia College in Chicago. His recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Notre Dame Review, Wisconsin Review, and Agni Online. He was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s 2005 Ruth Lilly Fellowship.
Henry Hart’s recent biography, James Dickey: The World as a Lie (Picador, 2000), was a finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. He is now completing a novel, In the Shadow of the Great Wall. He teaches at the College of William and Mary.
Haleh Hatami’s poetry and essays have appeared recently in Phoebe, FO A RM, and Chain, and are forthcoming in Bay Poetics (Faux Press). Her translations of Iranian poet Yadollah Royai appear in 26 and in Strange Times My Dear, The Pen Anthology of Contemporary Iranian Literature. She has taught courses in creative writing at San Francisco State University (where she was awarded the CPIC Life Poetry Award and the Ann Fields Poetry Award, judged by Gillian Conoley) and Mills College in Oakland, California.
Lilah Hegnauer’s first book of poetry, Dark Under Kiganda Stars, was published by Ausable Press in 2005. She is in the M.F.A. program at the University of Virginia.
Holly Goddard Jones’s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the Southern Review and Epoch. A recent graduate of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at Ohio State University, she is now Visiting Assistant Professor in English at Denison University.
Fady Joudah, a Palestinian–American, is a field member of Doctors without Borders. His translation of Mahmoud Darwish’s recent poetry, The Butterfly’s Burden, has just appeared from Copper Canyon Press.
Shara Lessley currently holds the Reginald S. Tickner Writing Fellowship at the Gilman School in Baltimore. A recipient of the 2006 Discovery/Nation Prize and former Stegner Fellow, she has been awarded fellowships and scholarships from Colgate University and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, among others. Her poems have most recently appeared in Threepenny, Southeast Review, and Bellingham Review.
Jynne Dilling Martin received her B.A. from University of Virginia and her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson. She works at Random House and lives in Queens with her husband and cat.
Christopher Mattison is a poet, translator, and editor. Mattison graduated with an M.F.A. in literary translation from the University of Iowa and is currently managing editor of Zephyr Press, codirector of the series Adventures in Poetry, and translation editor for the annual Zoland Poetry. His translations and original work have appeared in such journals as 6×6, Poker, Modern Poetry in Translation, Two Lines, World Letter, and Ars-Interpres. His books of translation include Dmitry Prigov’s 50 Drops of Blood in an Absorbent Medium (Ugly Duckling Press), and the forthcoming Eccentric Circles: Selected Prose of Venedikt Erofeev (Twisted Spoon Press).
Sandra Meek is the author of two books of poems, Burn (2005) and Nomadic Foundations (2002), for which she was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry and the Peace Corps Writers’ Award for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Agni, Conjunctions, and others.
Jordan Mott’s work has appeared in the Northridge Review (2003) and Los Angeles under the Influence (Doublewide Press, 2001). He has been an actor, teacher, musician, bartender, house painter, wood stripper, and lobster tank maintenance man.
Yasmine Beverly Rana’s recent publications include “The War Zone Is My Bed” in Blackbird, fall 2005. Rana is a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in Playwriting from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She has worked with theaters in the U.S. and abroad, including La Mama Experimental Theater Company, Johns Hopkins University Theater, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and Birmingham Repertory Theatre (U.K.).
Yadollah Royai is an Iranian poet, essayist, and translator living in France. Considered a leader of the “New Wave” of Iranian poets, Royai questions and recasts form and symbol in Persian poetry and is known for an innovative poetics of “espacementalism.” His books include Sea Songs, On Empty Roads, and most recently Seventy Tombstones and Signatures. He has been recognized for his contribution to arts and letters by the French Ministry of Culture.
Gleb Shulpyakov is a poet, essayist, and translator. Shulpyakov was born and lives in Moscow. He graduated with a degree in journalism from Moscow State University, and is currently the editor of the poetry section for Novaya Yunost (New Youth) magazine. He is a translator of Ted Hughes, Robert Hass, and W. H. Auden’s poetry into Russian. Shulpyakov’s book of travel essays, Persona Grappa, was published in Russia in 2002. He is also the author of the guide Cognac, and the nonfiction work The Book of Sinan. His first full-length book of poetry was published in Russia in 2001, the same year that he was awarded a Triumph Prize for his poetry.
George Steiner is a fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Daniel Tobin’s most recent book of poems is The Narrows (Four Way, 2005). His awards include the Robert Penn Warren Award and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is chair of the Writing, Literature, and Publishing Department at Emerson College.
Patrick Tobin’s stories have appeared in Agni, Portland Review, and New Delta Review, and he has been nominated for a Canadian National Magazine Award. He is currently working on a nonfiction collection of stories about his con-man father.
Nance Van Winckel’s fourth collection of poetry is Beside Ourselves (Miami University Press, 2003). Recent poems appear in APR, Ploughshares, Poetry, New Letters, and Massachusetts Review. She has also published three books of short fiction, most recently Curtain Creek Farm (Persa Books, 2000). She teaches at Eastern Washington University and Vermont College.
Ellen Bryant Voigt has published six volumes of poetry, including Kyrie (1995), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Shadow of Heaven (2002), a finalist for the National Book Awards, as well as a collection of essays on craft (The Flexible Lyric). Messenger: New and Selected Poems is scheduled for publication by W. W. Norton in January. She lives in Vermont.
G. C. Waldrep’s collections of poems are Goldbeater’s Skin (Colorado Prize, 2003) and Disclamor (BOA Editions, forthcoming 2007). He is also the author of two chapbooks, The Batteries (New Michigan Press, 2006) and One Way No Exit (Narwhal, 2006).